The App Store currently holds more than 9,000 games, and there are 37 million devices running those games. That’s pretty close to the PSP, which currently has 50 million units out, and isn’t even touching the 100 million that the Nintendo DS has sold. But think about this: Apple is picking up some pretty heavy games, just like Metal Gear Solid and Assassin’s Creed, and this could add up to the Touch Devices becoming a handheld console.
Either way, turns out that Xbox Europe’s (former) Senior Director of Business, Insights, and Strategy, has been hired by our very own Cupertino Computer Company. Also, think about the addition of P.A Semi which was bought way back in April 2008. Apples cooking up something big, maybe Steve will be there to reinvent the gaming platform?
In other news, Apple might be cutting the base prices on Mac.
“While exact pricing is unclear or still undetermined at this time, the Mac maker earlier this month quietly flaunted its capacity to deliver a premium system at near recession pricing when it began offering educational institutions a 2GHz, 20-inch aluminum iMac for $899. Even when priced at a $100 to $150 markup for the consumer markets — as Apple is more than likely eager to preserve its margins — such an offering would make a material dent in the entry-level cost of owner or switching to a Mac.” [Mac Rumors]
And lastly, before I write an entire week just about Apple, a patent suggests that Apple may be researching carbon fiber Mac enclosures to down the weight.
“A composite laminate having an improved cosmetic surface is presented herein. The composite laminate includes a plurality of sheets of preimpregnated material, or prepreg, stacked one over another and a scrim layer provided on an exterior surface of the sheets of prepreg. The scrim layer and the sheets of prepreg form a composite laminate whereby the scrim layer constitutes an outer, exposed surface of the composite laminate. Each sheet of prepreg is made from fibers preimpregnated with resin, and the fibers of the prepreg may be substantially parallel or woven carbon fibers.”
If you’ve had enough about Apple already, be sure to check out the more PCish posts below. We here try not to be biast, but sometimes, a company has a strong week, and we just can’t ignore it. Even if it’s about Vista 😦